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Billboard #1 Hits: #395: ” Welcome Back”- John Sebastian. May 6, 1976. #1 for 1 week in the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Welcome Back”- John Sebastian
  • Record Company-Reprise
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by John Sebastian
  • Time: 2:51
  • B-side:”Warm Baby”
  • Album- Welcome Back
  • Grade: B-
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in the Billboard Hot 100.

The theme to the television show “Welcome Back, Kotter” which premiered in the fall of 1975. The producer Alan Sachs wanted a Lovin’ Spoonful type song to be the theme so they called on the man himself- John Sebastian to write the theme. He wrote the song on the story of the teacher coming back to where he grew up. The show was originally going to be called just Kotter- but they liked the song so much they renamed it “Welcome Back, Kotter.” The show started out strong but soon faded- lasting four seasons. At the time I was a teenager- and watched for a couple seasons before losing interest in it- and in viewing a few episodes in recent years- the show doesn’t in my humble opinion hold up too well.

5 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #395: “WELCOME BACK”- JOHN SEBASTIAN – MAY 8, 1976

  1. Sebastian was a talented guy. Too bad he’s most remembered for this commercial tune. WBK was pretty good until Travolta became the “star,” same circumstance when the Fonz character became the focus of Happy Days.

  2. I watched the show a few times and found it juvenile, which I guess was their purpose and their audience. 70s sitcoms were darn lame except for All In The Family and maybe Carol Burnett, only for Harvey Corman and Tim Conway. I found John Sebastian to be a great tunesmith who was overlooked by his peers after leaving Loving Spoonful. Decades later, all anyone remembers of him is standing on the stage at Woodstock, ripped out of his gourd and saying “Wow” around 400 times. Ahhh, the good ole days.

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